Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick has been raising elephant orphans since 1977. All of these baby elephants have suffered terrible physical and emotional injuries. Most of which were inflicted by the devastating ivory trade and the loss of their mothers.
She even developed a milk formula that nearly mimics the taste and quality of an elephant’s mother’s milk. It’s important that these baby elephants receive the nutrients they need in order to grow to their massive size.
When the elephants are old enough, and well enough, they are taken to a relocation center in Tsavo National Park, before eventually being returned to the wild. It’s a passion and a joy for Dr. Sheldrick to see them back in their natural habitat.
Dr. Sheldrick says they’re just like humans, “only better.”
“They’re not corrupted. Their sense of family is as strong as ours. Their memories are amazing and their convoluted thinking and reasoning is equal to that of a human … The caring and nurturing is far greater in elephants than it is in humans, and loyalty and friendship endures.”